Length: 8,9 km
Ascent/Descent: 326 m
Walking time: approx. 3:15 h
Start/End point: Train station Rhöndorf
Significant waypoints, views:
Ulanendenkmal, Drachenfels, Drachenburg Castle, Wolkenburg, Geisberg, forest cemetery Rhöndorf with the graves of Konrad Adenauer and Peter Scholl-Latour
Rest stops: Restaurant Drachenfels, Milchhäuschen, wine bars Rhöndorf (Haus im Turm, Restaurant Chamai, Weingut Broel), Cafe Profittlich Rhöndorf
Equipment: benches, shelters
Characteristics: Classic highlights paired with lesser known viewpoints
Starting at the train station in Rhöndorf, the trail first leads into the historic town center with its half-timbered houses. Passing “Ziepchensplatz”, we reach the “Ulanendenkmal” after a first steep ascent, built in 1925 in honor of those who died in the First World War of the Uhlan Regiment No. 7. From here we already have a first beautiful view of Bad Honnef and the Rhine. After a brief rest on a bench, we continue our hike through the shady deciduous forest on the “Rheinsteig” trail along the southern flank of Drachenfels up to the Drachenfels plateau.
Once on the plateau, there is a wonderful view to the south of Bad Honnef, the Rhine with its two islands Grafenwerth and Nonnenwerth, and as far as Unkel. To the north, you can see Bonn, and if the view is good, even Cologne Cathedral; Drachenburg Castle is directly in the line of sight.
A final climb brings you to the Drachenfels ruin which is rich in history.
Now the path leads from the stop of the “Drachenfelsbahn” a bit downhill. After a drawn-out curve, the path leads to the left in the direction of Drachenburg Castle, but we keep heading straight towards the “Milchhäuschen” (milk house). The restaurant, located in the middle of nature, is our next destination. A stop can be made in the rustic restaurant or on the sunny terrace. Now we are back on the “Rheinsteig” and follow it up to the “Geisberg”. After a last steep ascent, we are rewarded with a wonderful view of the Siebengebirge with the Drachenfels in the foreground. The Geisberg is also a part of the Beethoven hiking trail, which opened in 2019 and is well worth doing, in honor of the 250th birthday of this famous Bonn citizen and composer.
Now we start the way back. Past the shelters “Lieschenhütte” and “Kucksteinhütte” the path leads back to Rhöndorf in various serpentines. Shortly before entering the village, we pass the forest cemetery, where Konrad Adenauer‘s and Peter Scholl-Latour’s graves are located. The idyllic cemetery is definitely worth a visit.
Back in Rhöndorf, we recommend stopping at one of the local pubs and wineries! After all, the wine from the Drachenfels must be tasted.